Masters in the Making

As we art buffs already know, it is very important for children’s wellbeing that they are given the opportunity to create art, and so it is great to see the Masters in the Making exhibition at the art@wintergarden gallery showcasing the work of local art school students, aged between 5 and 18 years.

The annual exhibition was established four years ago by the Bluebird Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to making quality arts programs accessible for all. It aims to overcome barriers that prevent children, youth and families from accessing quality arts programs.

Over 100 students from seven local art schools are exhibiting their work in the exhibition and this year also sees the addition of self portraits by refugee youth who were given the opportunity to attend free art classes facilitated by Viktor Cebergs at The fOrT youth centre.

Refugee-self-portraitsSelf portraits by refugee youth: Clockwise from top left, Halimeh, Masoumeh, Azizeh and Parvin.

Prizes were awarded in various categories including 2D, 3D, age group sections and encouragement. Congratulations to the winners of Masters in the Making 2013!

  • Most exciting 2D work: Isabella Murray (14 yrs) Life is but a dream
  • Most exciting 3D work: Lucah Alexander (6 yrs) Fly away
  • 5 – 8 years: Ella Longridge (7 yrs) The Bird Lady
  • 9 – 12 years: Celeste Leete (12 yrs) Queen of the Blues
  • 13 – 18 years: Grace Bushell (16 yrs) Isabella
  • Encouragement award: Emily Moore (16 yrs) Frank
  • Encouragement award: Masoumeh Haidari Self Portrait
Masters in the Making prize winners
Award winners in the 2013 Master in the Making exhibition. At the back one of the judges, Kelly Clitheroe and Ian Peterson from the Lions Club of Geelong who generously supported the prizes. Other sponsors are Barry Plant Real Estate, Coulter Roache Lawyers, Lions Club Geelong, Coles and Petal O’Dell Photography.

With only a few days left before the Masters in the Making exhibition finishes up for another year you will need to hurry to the art@wintergarden gallery this weekend to check out the artwork by the region’s young aspiring artists and, if you are so inclined, to vote for your favourite piece in the People’s Choice Award. And if you can’t make it to the gallery in person, you can still view the art on the Bluebird Foundation Facebook page or on the Bluebird Foundation website and vote for your favourite work.

Below is a small random selection of some of the artwork on exhibition. (Forgive my lack of image captions but in my haste to get this post up before the exhibition closes, I didn’t have time to source all the artist names and artwork titles.)

Ariana 7 yrs

Charlotte 10

Clockwise from top left, ceramic creatures made by Alyssa, Georgie, Max and Poppy.

Daniel 11

Emily 16
Frank by Emily.

Jack B 12

Laura 11

Macy 11

Ollie 10

Ruby 11

Tom 10

Lani 11

The art teachers involved in the project are:

  • Jen Boyd from One World Art After School
  • Viktor Cebergs from masters@thefort
  • Susan Hayward from Oxide Contemporary Arts
  • Elena Jomantas from Geelong Art Society
  • Jacinta Leitch
  • Kaz McGlynn from art’skool
  • Jill Shalless from art@wintergarden

Masters in the Making 2013
On until 24 June 2013
art@wintergarden gallery
51 McKillop St, Geelong. Open daily 10–4 pm


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